This film appears MOS, but originally had sound and was produced and narrated by the radio world travel radio commentator Deane Dickason. Interesting silent portrait of cultural life in the East Indies during Dutch colonialism. PA8530 Coveted East Indies, The 16mm Koda travelogue, 2 reels, ca. 1938-39
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September 26, 2019 Subject:
More Fascinating Than Part 1
Wonderful! Great color photography, considering the time and place. Part II has great images of men and women at work at native crafts - book illustration of a sort, carving by men, designing of cloth by women and dyeing by men. Great credit must go to Deane Dickason, a native of Colorado in the U.S. who was responsible for producing 13 shorts, directing 7 others and writing two of the 20 - not including "Coveted East India Parts I and II" (IMDb, which does not mention the two "Coveted East India" shorts). Kudos to Deane Dickason. If you liked this one, it is imperative you view "The Coveted East Indies" in the Prelinger Archives. There you will find parts 1 & 2 along with the timings and descriptions of the various scenes.
August 28, 2003 Subject:
The Coveted East Indies (Part I)
August 6, 2003 Subject:
No wonder it's coveted!
This gorgeously colorful (silent) film seems to be split in two. The first part seems to of be the "Oh look how rich we are" variety. We see many rich (white) people frolucking around, sitting sown, reading, getting served this ridiculous meal, servants waiting to serve them, and in one awesome scene, a white boy is compared to a Indonesian worker boy. It's an unnerving scene. The 2nd half, except for a rather bunch of naval scenes (woo! Mine laying!) seems to get off it's rich kick, and more focus on the people and the industry. Some gorgeous photography is shown here, with some fascinating shots of fabric designing and the people who make it. Quite interesting, it does take a little time to start picking up, but aside from a few scenes, quite fascinating, historical and reccomended.